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Using specialized instruments, the heartworms are mechanically removed from the heart and pulmonary arteries through the jugular vein.
Of course it's not without risk but neither is leaving advanced heartworm infection untreated.
The drug treatment isn't risk-free either, and it is a long process. The surgery seems short and sweet.
The Bark Blog states: “Make no mistake: either heartworms or heartworm treatment can kill a dog.”
Personally, I would think that the surgical option makes more sense for a dog with extensive heartworm infestation than the drug route.
Remember, prevention is ALWAYS better than the best treatment!
Original article at dvm360: UF veterinarians offer alternative treatment for severe heartworm cases
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